UCF football features home Spanish broadcast for first time

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UCF football offers a new way to listen to Knights’ games this season: in Spanish.

For the first time in program history, UCF will feature a Spanish broadcast accessible through a link from the main UCF athletics webpage, UCFKnights.com.

The move to add a Spanish radio broadcast makes sense for the universit after it was officially designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2019 by the U.S. Department of Education.

The designation paves the way for the university to secure additional federal funding to improve the educational experience of Hispanic and low-income students.

To become a qualifying institution, Hispanic enrollment must be at least 25% of full-time equivalent undergraduate students. UCF’s Hispanic enrollment was 28% last year.

“We’re thrilled to announce the Spanish broadcasts of our football games,” UCF athletics director Terry Mohajir said in a release. “I believe we have a role in serving all members of our community and inviting them to be a part of Knight Nation.”

Carlos Bohorquez, who will handle play-by-play, has been the Spanish radio play-by-play voice for the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2018.

Bohorquez has additional experience calling soccer matches in his native Venezuela and the United States. He also has worked on numerous shows on Univision and currently serves as the producer for Todo Tampa Bay.

Sergio Ruiz Torres, the color analyst, is the Spanish play-by-play voice of MLS Orlando City SC. He’s in his eighth season at the helm on Acción 97.9 FM/810 AM.

A former sports anchor for Univisión Orlando, the native of Venezuela also serves as a producer and reporter for Telemundo Orlando and previously broadcast World Cup qualifying, Copa America and Copa Libertadores matches.

The Spanish broadcast streams will be available for all seven UCF home games at FBC Mortgage Stadium.

“We are excited to add Spanish broadcasts for all UCF football home games this season,” Marc Daniels, the UCF director of broadcasting and radio play-by-play voice of the Knights, said in the release. “As Knight Nation continues to grow across the area and beyond, we feel this allows us to serve the demand of that growing fan base.

“We are thrilled to add Carlos and Sergio to our broadcast team of talent. They bring tremendous experience and passion and look forward to the new season.”

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